These stories, told in cinematic detail (almost all of them would make amazing graphic novels) feature battles, war, shape-shifters, heroes and heroines and voyages to the spirit world.
Al Purdy’s 1965 trip “North of Summer,” to Baffin Island
Clear and honest poetry from the irreverent, truth telling Al Purdy. Who knew?
The Greenlandic phenomenon of Last Night in Nuuk
I bow to anyone who lives in a city the size of Nuuk (17,000) and writes a book that is this honest and sex-fuelled.
A short review of an extremely good novel set in Kamchatka
It’s not the North I had in mind when I started this blog, but I have to recommend this amazing work of fiction set in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula.
Whatever you do, do not read Arctic: A Novel, by Finn Schultz-Lorentzen
Let the public rest assured: when a forty-plus-year-old novel is totally forgotten and remains obscure and hard to find, there’s a reason for that.
As Long as This Land Shall Last: René Fumoleau’s history of Treaty 8 and Treaty 11
Here’s a rare thing: a history book written expressly for the Indigenous people of the N.W.T.
Jordin Tootoo’s All the Way: A hockey redemption story
“What? Really? I made it? I’m in the NHL? Holy fuck,” writes Jordin Tootoo in this 2014 autobiography. “The next thing you know, I was a household name in Nashville.”
In Saqiyuq, 3 oral histories read like great fiction — full of suspense, drama and revelations
This is, quite simply, an amazing book.
Boundless: Kathleen Winter takes a cruise
The Mundane and the Holy: Libby Whittall Catling’s life on the land
Libby Whittall Catling is no Karl Ove Knausgaard. She refuses to cross the bar of common decency and write about her life in explosive detail. But this is still an absorbing and reflective book about a very distant corner of the N.W.T.